Sonny wrote:You've got multi multi millionaire golfers and tennis players and footballers etc etc so why not snooker? If you can make millions if you're good enough, how much incentive is that for the youngsters starting out? The fact those who would get the appearance money are already plenty rich enough not to need it may grate on some, but I'm afraid that's what makes the world work.
first of all that would not Inspire Ronnie to turn up anyway unless hes been lying about his Priorities of being a Dad.
second of all thats whats wrong in the Sporting World Sportsmen getting cash for sitting on a subs bench or injured and not enough emphasis on Performance Related Pay for Sportsmen i dont want Snooker to go down that Route of Being Greedy chameleons.
Keep it Real you win you get payed simple as that.
those days are long gone and unless snooker wants to remain a minorty small sport then things will gradually, albeit on a lesser scale head the way they are in football and other sports in terms of the top stars earning vast amounts.
The Nadals, Ronaldos, Woods, etc of this world earn 10s of millions every year in sponsorship, appearance fees and earnings, so if snooker truly wants to become a big world sport, then why shouldnt the top stars in snooker start to earn silly money.
Remember back in the mid 80s snooker was at such a level that Steve Davis was Britian highest earning sportsman
this was when people like Mansell, McGuigan, Lineker, Faldo etc were around.
Could you imagine now, say Ronnie earning more than the modern day equivalents in these sports Lewis Hamilton, Ricky Hatton, Wayne Rooney and Lee Westwood Snooker slipped badly and stagnated whilst all these other sports rose in popularity.
Its time for snooker to close that gap on these other sports again, and the early signs under Hearn are good